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Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning




Students in the Planning in Pop Culture January Intersession Class produce a radio show that was broadcast by Wildcat 91.9. The class blog is available at https://planpop.wordpress.com/

Professor Chip Winslow and Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain's proposal, "Hyperspectral Analysis of Tree Foliage to Determine Species and Diseased Tree Populations," received a $2,000 University Small Research Grant.

Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page and Associate Professor and librarian Thomas Bell are guest curators for the current exhibit Dinner and Mid-Night Snack: Gifts of Contemporary Works on Paper from Donald J. Mrozek and R. Scott Dorman at the Beach Museum. Click here for more information.

Assistant Professor Huston Gibson showcased his newly developed course for the K-State Online Essentials course Show & Tell session on January 16.

Assistant Professors Huston Gibson and Jessica Canfield shared powerful messages on how landscape architecture and regional & community planning professionals can impact the future with visiting high school students and families on January 17.

Department Head Stephanie Rolley chaired the President's Council meeting of landscape architecture professional societies (ASLA, CELA, CLARB, CSLA, LAAB) on January 22 and the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board meeting on January 23-24 in Washington, D.C. 

The following LARCP professors attended theK-State Teaching Workshop-Motivating 21st Century Learners, Jan 30 – 31, in Manhattan, KS:

- Assistant Professor Anne Beamish

- Associate Professor Howard Hahn

- Associate Professor Jon Hunt

- Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page

- Professor and Head Stephanie Rolley



Creative Placemaking master's project students visit the project site for a future temporary park and assist with Wichita Downtown Development Corporation charrette. Image courtesy of WDDC.

MLA Students in Associate Professor Kingery-Page's Creative Placemaking Master's Project and Report Umbrella Group participated in a January 16 design charrette to design a pop up park. The event was sponsored by the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and the Knight Foundation.




Winter in the Meadow at K-State. Image by Lindsay Smith.

Read the latest blog post on the K-State Meadow featuring photos and questions that were gathered during the Landscape Architecture Program’s 50th Anniversary Celebration here.


The new screen and projectors in LARCP Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain's Immersion Lab provide a wide screen 3360x1200p seamless image. See Brent for more information if you would like to use the equipment.

"Political fragmentation and land use changes in the Interior Plains," co-authored by LARCP Professor Timothy D. Keane, along with Jae Hong Kim and Jaewoo Cho was published February 4 in Population and Environment, available here.

Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page's Creative Placemaking Master's Project and Report group was featured in the Wichita Business Journal on February 4. Click here to read.

Dede Brokesh, Landscape Architect, attended the Scholer-Peterson Concrete Conference on February 12, hosted at K-State.

Assistant Professor Alpa Nawre's article, Water as a metric for urban development in India, is published in the Journal of Landscape Architecture, Issue 1 - 2015. The paper includes design illustrations developed in her Specialization Studio 'Laminated Landscapes in India' by students Nicholas Mercado & Gabriela Weber, and Glen Jarrett & J. Ross deVault.

Assistant Professor Katie Kingery-Page and Department Head Stephanie Rolley assisted with facilitation of a visioning session for the K-State Prairie Studies Initiative on February 24. 

Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield presented "Assessing Landscape Performance: What to Measure and How" at the 2015 Kentucky Annual ASLA Conference, February 28, in Newport, Kentucky.


Glen Jarrett, MLA student, and Aaron Bisch, IAPD student, have been awarded $1,000 from the new Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Small Grant Program. 





The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning hosted the 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture March 24-28.  Over 300 attendees from 10 countries presented papers addressing landscape architecture education and practice. The CELA 2015 theme publication, Incite Change | Change Insight, is now available on New Prairie Press, here. Dr. Tim Keane is the editor of the publication.

Andrea Hansen, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, presentedDatascapes: Design for Changing Cities and Shifting Lands for the LARCP Colloquium on Friday, April 3.



Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain presented Mapping Cultural Ecosystem Service and Aesthetics to Inform Landscape Planning Decisions at CELA.

Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page assisted in securing a $10,000 gift from Fred, BLA '60, and Judy Henley to support the Meadow at the Beach Art Museum. The Henley's were on campus March 13 for Fred to present his career as a landscape architect in the public sector.

Assistant Professor Alpa Nawre published an article ' Troubled Waters: Talaab System in India' in Issue 43 of the Journal of Landscape Architecture, India. More information is available here

Assistant Professor Huston Gibson, Director of the Master of Science in Community Development, and Department Head Stephanie Rolley represented the K-State MS CD program at the Great Plains IDEA 2015 Spring Meeting March 29-31 in Omaha, Neb.    

LARCP faculty and students hosted the Kansas American Planning Association Symposium March 6 in Manhattan, Kan.

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain along with Tanniqua-Kay Buchanan, MRCP; Dereatha Cross, PhD student, Environmental Planning & Design; Beth Krehbiel, MLA; Richard Dean Prudenti, MLA; and Erin Wilson, MLA, were awarded $5,000 from the K-State Green Action Fund for their project titled: "The Bus and Us". The project will support the development and communication of a public transportation plan for shuttling students to next year's studio location.

Associate Professor Blake Belanger and Associate Professor Ellen Urton's, K-State Libraries, article, "Situating Eidetic Photomontage in Contemporary Landscape Architecture", was published in the Feb 2014 issue of Landscape Journal, published recently, and is available here. A photomontage by Elizabeth Decker, MLA '14, is featured on the cover.

Assistant Professor Alpa Nawre was invited to join the Journal of Architectural Education Editorial Board for a three year term beginning July 2015.

Associate Professor La Barbara Wigfall presented a K-State Presidential Lecture, "Save it or Tear it Down: Choices We Make for Progress", to students at Frankfort High School, March 23.

Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page presented Why We Need the Landscape Idea in Public Schools at the K-State Spotlight on March 24.

The following faculty presented during the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture held in Manhattan, Kan. March 24-28:

  • Associate Professor Hahn, Critical Mapping in the Design Studio  
  • Assistant Professor Alpa Nawre, Balancing Water and Land in the Monsoonal Landscapes of India
  • Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain, Mapping Cultural Ecosystem Service and Aesthetics to Inform Landscape Planning Decisions
  • Associate Professor John Hunt, Animating Poetics of the Konza Prairie
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield, Design Competition Pedagogy: Approaches and Outcomes from the EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge
  • Assistant Professor JessicaCanfield, Landscape Performance Metrics and Methods: A discussion of what to measure and how
  • Assistant Professor Anne Beamish, Back and Forth: Making Land
  • Associate Professor Chip Winslow, Documenting Campus Ecosystem Resources: Technological Advances in Collecting Data and Producing Tree Inventories
  • Assistant Professor Hyung Jin Kim, How can Twitter help public space design? A big data analysis on the relationship between design and use
  • Instructor Dereatha Cross, Teaching Technology Through Integrated Technical Modules


Assistant Professor Anne Beamish contributed a chapter entitled "Rendering the Darkness Visible" in Cities of Light: Two Centuries of Urban Illumination. Edited by Sandy Isenstadt, Dietrich Neumann, and Margaret Maile Petty, and published by Routledge.




Jim Richards participating in the SketchCrawl during CELA 2015.

Glen Jarrett, MLA 5th year, and Aaron Bisch, IAPD student, were each awarded $1,000 from the new Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Small Grant Program in support of their research and creative activities in Nicaragua, designing a new school and playground as a part of their master’s projects.

Mehraz Khaleghi Kerahroodi, PhD student, will present her dissertation "Meaningful Community Engagement in Public-Private Partnerships: A Case Study of Manhattan's Downtown Redevelopment Project" on Thursday, April 2, at Seaton Hall 208 from 1 pm -2 pm.

Betsy Haddox, MLA 5th year, and her K-State improv team, Super Supportive, competed in the 2015 College Improv Tournament Nationals Championship in Chicago, March 14. You can see their presentation here.





Andrea Hansen, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, presented Datascapes: Design for Changing Cities and Shifting Lands for the LARCP Colloquium on April 3.

There was a retirement party held to thank Dede Brokesh for her service here at K-State and to wish her well in her retirement on April 10.


APDesign 2015 Alumni Fellow John Norris, BLA ’81 and president of Norris Design, was on campus April 15-17.  During his visit he participated in the Fellows dinner, met with students and gave a presentation to the APDesign College.

The LARCP team did a great job at K-State Open House - BoxHattan resulted in the highest density city we seen yet (that means lots of little builders) and the Campus Creek model and videos were a hit.





MLA students Diane Cocchiara and Beth Krehbiel work with an art student to complete phase two of Cairns on the Beach, an installation in the Stolzer Gallery by artist Stan Herd. Find more information here. 

Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page, along with Linda Duke and Rhonda Janke, presented cross-disciplinary work occurring through the Meadow project to members of K-State's Cultural Studies Initiative on April 8.

Assistant Professor Anne Beamish has contributed a chapter entitled "Rendering the Darkness Visible" in Cities of Light: Two Centuries of Urban Illumination. Edited by Sandy Isenstadt, Dietrich Neumann, and Margaret Maile Petty, and published by Routledge. More information is available here.

Open A.I.R. 2015, the Beach Museum's artist in Residence Series includes collaboration from LARCP. The Center for Food Perception and Aesthetics is a 3-day socially-engaged collaborative project of Dialogue-Lab (D-Lab), occurring at the museum April 15-17. Read more about D-Lab here. LARCP students and faculty will be part of the following D-LAB events:

  • Drive Thru Nation: Attendees joined MLA students in Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page's Creative Placemaking master's report umbrella for an interactive workshop and presentation on car culture and food. Students participating are: Danielle DeOrsey, Rachel Fox, Abby Glastetter, Steven Holt, and Nick Mercado. 
  • Food culture and the built environment.: Attendees visited the Vanier Gallery to view video tours of residential neighborhoods in the Flint Hills that are part of Assistant Professor Katherine Nesse's research on the relationship between the residential environment and demographic characteristics of neighborhoods. The videos are a part of the exhibition exploring the relationship between food culture and the built environment. 

The CELA 2015 theme publication, Incite Change | Change Insight, is now available on New Prairie Press, here. Dr. Tim Keane is the editor of the publication.

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain showcased the Advanced Landscape and Immersion Visualization Environment Laboratory at the InGENuity Conference April 16, featuring eaturing works from Kraig Weber and Natalie Webb.

Assistant Professor Huston Gibson and colleagues in the MS Community Development Great Plains Idea consortium received the "Capping the Stone Award" for their work on the MS CD assessment rubric and report. The award was given on March 30 at the annual GP IDEA meeting held in Omaha, NE.

Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield
 and her collaborators, Associate Professors Katie Kingery-Page, Lee Skabelund, and Associate Professor Stacy Hutchinson, BAE, received notice that the Environmental Protection Agency has selected the team's application for a Green Infrastructure Demonstration and Training Through Campus Demonstration Projects award. The $36,000 grant will allow evaluation of landscape performance at the International Student Center Rain Garden and the Meadow.  

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain was one of 10 K-State innovators invited to participate in the inaugural launch of K-State Olathe Ingenuity Central on April 9. Brent demonstrated using 3D gaming immersive environments to understand how decisions are made for geospatial awareness and recognition.

Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page and Assistant Professor Kate Nesse, traveled to Washington, D.C. April 21-23 with the annual delegation of K-State faculty and administrators. The trip allows faculty in the early stages of their careers to network with other K-State researchers and establish working relationships with potential funding agencies. Katie will meet with the NSF-AISL program officer; Kate will meet with the Economic Research Service of USDA; and, both will participate in meetings with the National Science Foundation while in D.C.

Stephanie RolleyProfessor and Department Head, represented the Regional & Community Planning Program at the Planning Accreditation Board meeting on April 18 in Seattle, WA in the final phase of the PAB's re-accreditation decision for the program.

Professor John Keller and Stephanie Rolley, Professor and Department Head, attended the American Planning Association national conference in Seattle, WA, April 18-21.

Associate Professor Jason Brody was named the APDesign Professor of the Year by K-State Housing and Dining. 

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain presented "A Spatially Explicit Analysis of Ecosystem Services in Clayoquot Sound, BC" at the Association of American Geographers 2015 Annual Meeting Conference on April 22.

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain presented an invited talk on "Computational Models for the Management of Landscape Character" at Argonne National Laboratory on April 23.

Associate Professor Howard Hahn led 12 Boy Scouts through the Landscape Architecture Merit Badge during the K-State Merit Badge Conference on April 25.




Mehraz Khaleghi Kerahroodi, PhD student, defended her dissertation "Meaningful Community Engagement in Public-Private Partnerships: A Case Study of Manhattan's Downtown Redevelopment Project" on April 2. Her major professor is Dr. John Keller.

Betsy Haddox, MLA 5th year, and her K-State improv team, Super Supportive, competed in the 2015 College Improv Tournament Nationals Championship in Chicago, March 14, 2015. You can see their presentation here, beginning at 1:12.

Nicholas Mercado, MLA 5th yr, won Best in Color in the APDesign Delineation Competition.

LAR 442 Spring 2014 received a Central States ASLA Merit Award in Oklahoma City, Okla. on April 24 for the Envisioning Better Blocks for St. Joe class project, available here. MLA student Erin Wilson prepared the competition entry for the class. Associate Professor Blake Belanger and Assistant Professor Alpa Nawre were the studio instructors. 

Kelsey Steward, MLA 3rd year, has been selected as a 2015 ASLA Council of Fellowship Scholarship recipient. 

Katie Leise, MLA 5th year, has been named the 2015 K-State Olmsted Scholar. 





Jenny O’Brien, CarmaHop Founder, presented Ridesharing Revolution: Hitchhiking Goes High-Tech on May 1. Read more about the presentation here.




Pages from Wesley Moore's, MLA 4th yr at DIS, sketchbook on a study tour through Sweden and Finland

Assistant Professor Kate Nesse presented Comparing Estimates of Rare Events in the ACS to Administrative Recordsat the ACS Data Users Conference May 11-13 in College Park, MD.

Ryadi Adityavarman and Lorn Clement have secured funding for three design drawing workshops in the fall semester of 2015. Click here for more information.

Professor and Head Stephanie Rolley participated in the Landscape Architecture Foundation Mid-Year Meeting in Washington D.C., May 7-8.

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain participated in the inaugural KSU Research Facilities and Resources Showcase on May 13 with a display of the Advanced Landscape Immersion and Visualization Environment Laboratory. The work of Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page on the Meadow was featured in the Prairie Studies Initiative display.

Associate Professor Lee Skabelund presented Sustainable Development at Kyoto University, Japan on May 21.

Assistant Professor Brent Chamberlain received a $2,500 Spring 2015 Faculty Development Award in support of his presentation, Crash Course or Course Crash: Gaming, VR and a Pedagogical Approach, at the Digital Landscape Architecture Conference.

Assistant Professor Huston Gibson traveled to Australia to complete his Oz to Oz Fellowship.

Assistant Professor Anne Beamish’s article “Enjoyment in the Night: Discovering Leisure in Philadelphia’s Eighteenth Century Rural Pleasure Gardens” has been published in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, vol. 35, no. 3, July-September 2015. A full-text version is available here.




Ally Balderson, Amanda Kline and Libby Tudor with other Italian Studies students at Federico Badia's leather shop where they spent a day making sketchbooks. You may follow their class blog at https://theitalianbob.wordpress.com/

Wyatt Thompson, BLA '05 and Park Planner for Manhattan Parks & Recreation, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Governor's Council on Fitness. The council advises the Governor and others on ways to enhance the health of all Kansans through promotion of physical activity, good dietary choices and prevention of tobacco use. 


Congratulations to the class of 2015! Students winning awards at commencement are:

Landscape Architecture 

APDesign ARCC King Medal: Katherine Leise, awarded by the college

ASLA Honor Awards: Ashley Brewster and Katherine Leise, awarded by a jury of the American Society of Landscape Architects

ASLA Merit Awards: Elizabeth Haddox and Gabriela Weber, awarded by a jury of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Dr. Robert P. Ealy Award for academic excellence: Ross DeVault, awarded by the LA faculty

Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Abigail Glastetter, awarded by the LA faculty

Outstanding Graduate Research Award: Cydnie Jones, awarded by the LA faculty

L.R. Quinlan Award for the most advancement during course of study: Glen Jarrett, awarded by the LA faculty

Regional & Community Planning
AICP Outstanding Student Award: Eric Conner, awarded by the RCP faculty

Outstanding Master's Report: Ryan Kacirek, awarded by the RCP faculty


Blake Belanger, associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, and professional landscape architect, is the 2015 Wayne Hunt McElwee Faculty Award recipient. The award is given to a faculty member for being an outstanding teacher as designated by the dean of the APDesign based upon the recommendations of both students and faculty.